B.S. Yediyurappa: “I am not able to speak fluently in English, but that does not come in my way of understanding the sufferings of the poor.”

Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa (born on 27 February 1943) is an Indian politician serving as the 19th and current chief minister of Karnataka. Yediyurappa is serving as the chief minister of Karnataka for the fourth time to do so in history of Karnataka and he is the only person in the history of Karnataka to serve 3 times as Leader of opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. He is also an 8 times MLA from Shikaripura constituency in Shimoga district.

In 1965, he was appointed as a first division clerk in the social welfare department but he quit the job and moved on to shikaripura where he joined as a clerk in Veerabhadra Shastri’s  Shankara rice mill. In 1967, Yediyurappa married Mythradevi , daughter of the rice mill owner. He later set up a hardware shop in shivamogga. Yediyurappa has two sons, Raghavendra , Vijayendra and three daughters , Arunadevi, Padmavati and Umadevi. In 2004 his wife died after falling into the sump while drawing water.

Having been associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevan Sangh from his college days. Yediyurappa’s public service began when he was appointed as Karyavaha(Secretary)  of the sangh’s shikaripur unit in 1970.

Howeve , in October 2007 when it was yediyurappa’s turn to become chief minister, Kumaraswamy refused to relinquish his post. This forced yediyurappa and all the minister of his party to resign and on 5 october, the BJP formally withdrew the support to the kumaraswamy government. Karnataka came under president rule which was revoked on 7 November as the JD(S) and the BJP decided to bury their differences and this paved the way for Yediyurappa  to become the chief minister of Karnataka.Yediyurappa was sworn in as the 25th chief minister of Karnataka  on 12 November 2007.

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